Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gahanna Schools Report Card

The Ohio Department of Education has just released new data that has changed the way school districts will be evaluated.  ODE will now grade the districts using the same letter grades that students are used to receiving in school.  The goal is to make the report card easier to understand for the general public.

When individuals/ families buy homes in Gahanna, one of the overwhelming popular reasons that they mention for looking in Gahanna is the schools.  One needs to look no further than the state report card to wonder why...

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In other school related news, get out and support your athletic teams as the fall athletes compete in their respective sporting events:  Sport & next home contest listed

Cross Country:  8/31 @ Westerville North (no home contests available)

Golf
     G:  9/11 vs Dublin Coffman
     B:  9/24 vs Hilliard Davidson

Girls Tennis:  9/3 vs Reynoldsburg

Football:  9/6 vs Fairfield


Soccer
      G:  8/31 vs Olentangy Liberty
      B:  9/3 vs Newark

Volleyball:  9/3 vs Reynoldsburg


For full schedules, visit the Gahanna Athletics page

Take care, 
Scott Morrison
text:  614-383-8502



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gahanna Heights Market Update


Gahanna Heights is one of the most centrally located subdivisions in Gahanna.  Along with several smaller subdivisions, Gahanna Heights makes up what is known to many outside observers as the "Creekside area".  This location in Downtown Gahanna is made up primarily of homes built prior to 1970 that range in value from the $140,000 range up to the mid to low $200,000's.  Gahanna Heights itself has roughly 300 single family residences, but for the sake of this update, I've included approximately 200 additional homes from 4 subdivisions in the area to make up the market report.

Gahanna Heights Profile:
On the graphic to the right, you see all of the current listings (green), listings under contract (orange), and listings that sold during the last 60 days (red).

Avg list price of current listings:  $ 229,000
Avg list price under contract listings:  $ 194,900
Avg sale price of sold listings:  $ 154,333
        Highest sale price:  $ 175,000
        Lowest sale price:  $ 142,500

Schools nearby: Jefferson Elementary, Gahanna Middle School East, Gahanna Lincoln High School

You can find many styles of homes to buy near Creekside.  Split-levels are the most common, but cape cods, ranches, and two-story homes are plentiful.  Living in the Creekside area puts you right in the heart of Gahanna.  As far as location goes, you have easy access to 670, 270, Stoneridge, Easton, the Airport, and multiple schools.  Residents of Gahanna Heights can walk to restaurants in Creekside and the newest attractions that have been built along Hamilton Rd near Clark Hall.

(*Graphic and statistics from CBR MLS, current as of 8/27/13*)
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Check your Gahanna Home Value to see what you could sell for today!

If there is a subdivision in Gahanna that you'd like to see profiled, please contact me and I'll put that on my list.  As always, if you have any questions about the information listed, please let me know.  I am happy to provide answers to help you better understand the Gahanna housing market.

Take care,
Scott Morrison
(614) 595-8762

Click here to search for a house for sale in Gahanna Ohio

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Gahanna Schools - Hunters Ridge Open House


OPEN SUNDAY August 25 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Please stop by 900 Trifecta Ct from 2-4... all neighbors, friends, and potential buyers are welcome to join.  This home was built in 1991 and contains 2317 sq ft of living space.  The basement is unfinished, but contains a large finishable space for the buyer looking to put some personal touch on the home.  The florida room overlooks a well-kept lawn and is perfect for entertaining.  Right around the corner from Gahanna Middle School South.  Don't miss out!

Take care, 
Scott Morrison
Text:  614-383-8502

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Open House Hunters Ridge


OPEN SUNDAY August 18 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Please stop by 339 Schyler Way from 2-4... all neighbors, friends, and potential buyers are welcome to join.  Come take a look at this 2900 sq ft home in Hunters Ridge and then stop by the pool on the way home (it's only steps away!). 


Take care, 
Scott Morrison
Text:  614-383-8502

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Royal Manor - Market Update

Gahanna's Royal Manor subdivision is primarily composed of bi-level and ranch style homes that contain either 3 or 4 bedrooms and have 1 or 1.5 baths.  Homes in Royal Manor were built in the early to mid 1960's with a few added on in the early 70's.  Driving through the subdivision you'll see many mature trees and plenty of people out enjoying the neighborhood.


Royal Manor Market Profile: 
On the picture to the right, you see all of the current listings (green), listings under contract (orange), and listings that sold during the last 60 days (red).


Avg list price of current listings:  $ 118,368

Avg list price under contract listings:  $ 104,481
Avg sale price of sold listings:  $ 91,716
        Highest sale price:  $ 134,900
        Lowest sale price:  $ 45,027

Schools nearby:  Royal Manor Elementary, Gahanna Middle School West, Gahanna Lincoln High School

Royal Manor is located on the western side of Gahanna.  Just off of interstate 270 via route 62, Royal Manor is accessible off of Stygler Rd, Agler Rd, and McCutcheon Rd.  Royal Manor residents have a quick commute to Easton, Downtown Columbus, and the Columbus International Airport, and are also only minutes from the Gahanna Golf Course and the Gahanna Swim Club. 

* Information & photo courtesy of CBR MLS 8/13/13 *

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If there is a subdivision in Gahanna that you'd like to see profiled, please contact me and I'll put that on my list.  As always, if you have any questions about the information listed, please let me know.  I am happy to provide answers to help you better understand the Gahanna housing market.

Take care,
Scott Morrison
614-383-8502

Click here to search for a house for sale in Gahanna Ohio

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Good Offer vs Great Offer

In every deal, it is important to consider all of the conditions.  Mr. Obvious right?  Not so much...

In a real estate transaction often times buyers and sellers lose sight of the whole transaction.  There are many terms and conditions that are written into a contract, and one must be able to look past the obvious items such as purchase price or closing date to evaluate the offer as a whole.

Sure, a high purchase price is great, but what about closing cost assistance, timelines, household items, earnest money, contingencies on other transactions, and other terms that can greatly affect the bottom line of a deal?

This is a conversation I always enjoy with clients because when we sit to write or evaluate an offer, there comes a point in the conversation when the light bulb flicks on in their head and they have their "aha moment."  It is rewarding because I feel that this is where I can add the most value:  educating the client.    

From KWRI:


Take care,
Scott Morrison
Text:  614-383-8502

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Happy Hour in Gahanna

** As seen in the August edition of Gahanna Life Magazine.  See all of my contributions on the Gahanna Life tab at the top of the blog.  Have an idea for me to write about?...  Email me! **

The trend in real estate is leaning heavily towards the outdoor space.  Having a paver patio or well-manicured deck seems to be more of a requirement than a luxury, especially with many of my first-time homebuyers. 

The same qualifiers often ring true for restaurants and bars here in Gahanna.  How many times have you heard “man, I could go for happy hour on a patio right about now” as you make the last stop at the watercooler before leaving work? 

Especially after sitting at a desk all day and looking out at the sunshine, blue skies, and green grass, the summer months tend to push the happy hour crowd outdoors.  Luckily, Gahanna is not short on choices when it comes to the outdoor experience.  You can find plenty of places to grab a chair, a drink, and maybe even dinner, while enjoying the fresh air, scenic views, and live music!

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The food and drink specials, the live music, and the open area for lawn games are what meet the eye when you step onto the patio.  However, it is the atmosphere created by those elements that, whether noticed or unnoticed, puts the happy into happy hour. 

When the Ohio weather cooperates (yes, I know, a whole separate story) there isn’t a much better social gathering place than the one created at select restaurants and bars in Gahanna that have invested in creating an area that allows customers to pull up a chair and relax while enjoying the outdoors. 
Here are a few of my favorites: 

Coaches- The patio area isn’t just a summer luxury.  My favorite thing about this space is the ability for part of it to be enclosed during the winter offering an outdoor feel during those months of Ohio weather we all know and love!

Gatsby’s- The back patio and volleyball areas have long been an attraction, but the most recent remodeling of the patio overlooking Hamilton road is my personal favorite.  It is a peaceful setting that gets you just far enough away from the live music that you can have a conversation, but can still enjoy the tunes. 

Flanagan’s- A huge space with a “tiki” feeling.  Driving up you feel “country,” then you enter and might as well have your toes in the sand!

Old Bag of Nails-  If you are going solely on the sights, you cannot beat this patio.  Whether it is lunch, happy hour, dinner, or late-night, sitting out overlooking the Creekside area is about as good as it gets in Gahanna.  I like it best when the live entertainment consists of a one-man band strumming his acoustic guitar. 

Signature’s-  The back patio at Signature’s always seems to have a lot of people, but never seems to be crowded, which is a great thing for me!  It is an enjoyable area that has the feeling of being tucked into the neighborhood… a very private setting.  Grab a basket of popcorn and you’ll lose track of time!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Rathburn Woods Subdivision of Gahanna

The Rathburn Woods subdivision of Gahanna is one of the most desirable areas of Gahanna for growing families.  Construction on homes in Rathburn Woods began in the early 1990's and the subdivision features primarily 4 bedroom homes with 2.5 baths or more.  Large master bathrooms, open floor plans, and other more "modern" features are common, as are large treed lots and intriguing curb appeal.
Rathburn Woods Profile: 
On the picture below, you see any current listings (green), listings under contract (orange), and listings that sold during the last 60 days (red).

Avg list price of current listing(s):  No current listings in Rathburn Woods.  Are you next? 

Avg list price of under contract listings:  $262,700

Avg sale price of sold listings:  $252,700

        Highest sale price:  $285,000
        Lowest sale price:  $229,900

*All information is courtesy of the Columbus Board of Realtors MLS.  Accurate as of 8/4/13*

Schools nearby:  Lincoln Elementary, Gahanna Middle School South, Gahanna Lincoln High School

Rathburn Woods is located on the southeast side of Gahanna.  The subdivision offers easy access to interstates 270 & 670, the Columbus International Airport, Easton, and downtown Columbus.
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If there is a subdivision in Gahanna that you'd like to see profiled, please contact me and I'll put that on my list.  As always, if you have any questions about the information listed, please let me know.  I am happy to provide answers to help you better understand the Gahanna housing market.

I encourage you to contact me if you, or someone that you know, could use my help in buying or selling real estate.  I always appreciate a referral, and am very grateful for those people around me that trust me to provide a high level of service to their friends and family.  

Take care,
Scott Morrison
Text:  614-383-8502

click here to search for additional homes for sale in Gahanna Ohio

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mindset is KEY!


** As seen in the August edition of Gahanna Life Magazine.  See all of my contributions on the Gahanna Life tab at the top of the blog.  Have an idea for me to write about?...  Email me! **

Hi!  I’m Scott.  Your Realtor Psychologist
Mindset is the first key to a successful real estate transaction

Mr. & Mrs. Seller,

I came over yesterday (at your request) to offer you factual information (sorry for not factoring in your 20 years of happiness, your memories, or your love for the original light fixtures) in regards to the housing market here in Gahanna. 

I’d be happy to list your home for sale, but if we are going to list at that price, I’m going to need you to add on another bathroom, 300 square feet of living space, and you need to put wood floors throughout the first floor. 

Take care,
Scott Morrison
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I sure wouldn’t win over many clients, let alone get many referrals, if this was an actual letter that I wrote following listing appointments.  If I left the listing appointment with the frame of mind that comes across above, I didn’t do my job correctly. 

My goal when I meet with a potential client is to leave them better than I found them.  In the fictional case of Mr. & Mrs. Seller from above, I would consider it a win if I left them with the understanding that they need to take the emotion out of the transaction in order to gain a clear perspective on their situation. 

In today’s market, my most important job is to help the potential client set their mindset before we begin discussing the value of their home or a potential set of homes they may purchase.  Without proper perspective, I am doing my clients a disservice and ultimately am leaving them with a bad taste in their mouth, just as I would have with the letter above. 

So, before I meet with you to discuss buying or selling, please consider the tips below so that you are prepared to face challenges of today’s market.

Sellers: 
  -  Take the emotion out:  This is the most difficult part of the process.  You have to view selling a home like you do a bank statement.  Selling a home is like math class, not art class…the most important part of the process to you is the bottom line dollar amount with which you will walk away from the transaction. 
-  View your home through the buyer’s eye:  You can overlook some parts of your home that may not be up to par, but a buyer is coming in looking to disqualify your house.  Have your Realtor offer some suggestions, but also fix your house up for a “showing” and tour it yourself from a buying perspective.
-  Prepare for the “condo generation”:  Regardless of whether or not a buyer has lived in a condo, most buyers are looking for a condo-like situation.  In other words, they don’t want to see things that they have to attend to right away.  Buyers are fearful of potential repairs, want updated features, and aren’t going to place the same value on something that you’ve “loved this way.”  “Maintenance-free” is not available, but looking “maintenance-free” is a must!

Buyers: 
-  Buy like an investor:  I’m not asking you to be ready to flip a house like you’ve seen on HGTV.  Be ready to look past a few aesthetic aspects and a few cosmetic touch-ups to find the best deal.  Investors are all about “value.”  Be prepared to find a home that is move-in ready, but don’t require it to be perfect.  A chance to add some “value” is something that could pay off in the long run. 
-  Know what you are looking for:  Homes are moving in this market so quickly that you don’t have time to look at a home, go look at 10 more, and then come back and make a decision on the first one.  Take time to develop the criteria that you are looking for, and then your search can be more focused.  If you just say you want four bedrooms, you’ll be searching through a pool of hundreds of homes.  With the help of your Realtor, define things such as location, beds, baths, basement, garage, amenities, and so on.  This will allow your Realtor to find those homes for you as soon as they hit the market… if you don’t see them quickly, the good ones will be gone. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

Take care,
Scott Morrison
Text- 614-383-8502